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Saber booed out of the ice after being closed for fifth time in 12 games – The Buffalo News



The door to Buffalo Sabers' bench was slammed after many of their shifts. Boos echoes in the KeyBank Center after the first, second and third periods. Few glass wobbling hits were provided. And many of Saber's 38 shots on goal Sunday night resulted in the heads shaking in frustration or disbelief.

Although most of the sights and sounds of their 79th chapter were annoyingly familiar to the Saber, the thousands of empty seats in the third period of a 4-0 loss for Columbus Blue Jackets showed further how far professional Buffalo hockey is declined within four months.

After many of the announced crowds of 17,990 left early, one of the highest ovations of the night arose with the announcement that only one minute was left in regulation and a "CBJ" song entered the game. last moments. This reaction did not seem to surprise Sabers players after they were closed fifth in 1

2 games.

"They have the right to be angry," says Saber wings Kyle Okposo. "They are right to be.) The second half has not gone as planned. It was just last night we were lifeless, today it was a little better, but it was 4-0. It is not good enough. We must Give them something to cheer for and we didn't do tonight. They have the right to be disturbed. They've been through a lot of pain, a lot of heartache, and we need to be better off for them. " 38-10) is 3-17-3 during their last 23 games, won only twice in 15 games during the month of March and has matched a season-high seven game winless streak. Their league-worst 36 points during the last 54 games led to their tumbling from the first to the 27th in the NHL.

Instead of preparing for his first playoff series as sabers general manager, Jason Botterill participates in the NHL Lottery in Toronto on April 9.